A nation in tears this has become synonymous with South African Football but after an unbeaten qualifying run-up to the AFCON 2015 tournament I was hoping for change.
30 games – 18 wins and 2 losses before tonight an impressive record by our coach bra Shakes who has restored hope in our football. His choice of players impressed me with the players hungry to compete only 5 international stars proving that we have homegrown talent.
An example being Rivaldo Coetzee who was forced to call curtains on his game as he cames off with a knock. The tears flowing as he came off showing his passion for Bafana.
After not qualifying for the last tounament it was just our luck to be drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ and our first game being against the number 1 ranked African team and 18th in the World Algeria. Bafana can be proud of their performance as they outplayed Algeria but as usual it was a game of missed chances in the 23rd minute Furman striked the crossbar from range, this after Algeria dominated for the first 15 minutes. In the 42nd minute it was Vilakazi who almost puts Bafana Bafana in front with a cheeky backheel saved by MB’oli. Halftime scored ended 0-0 with Bafana creating the more clear cut chances.
Bafana came into the second half guns blazing with a well worked goal scored by Phala in the 51st minute. Minutes later it as the turning point of the match a penalty for Bafana which in my opinion would’ve killed off the match but a strike against the pole from Rantie saw us hold our hands in disbelief. The misery continued as we scored an own goal in the 67th minute to make it 1-1 to Algeria. Ghoulam scored the second and finally they showed why they are No.1 with a near post goal from Slimani poorly handled by Keets to make the final score 3-1 to Algeria.
They say form is temporary but class is forever and this is what tonights game proved, Algeria were outplayed but all they needed were a few chances and they made the most of it.
Bafana were SHAKEN and now they go on to meet Ghana and Senegal in their next games hopefully they can STIR up enough confidence and get results.
To be the best you have to beat the best – take this as a stumbling block to learn from and improve we are still in this – South Africa is behind you.